RECRUITING

TE recruit Cary Angeline stands out among Notre Dame visitors

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Cary Angeline stands out in almost any kind of crowd.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound tight end recruit towers above the high school football players in Pennsylvania he takes the field with in the fall.

Even when Angeline visits Notre Dame this weekend he will stand out — and not only because of his height.

Angeline will be the only 2016 recruit Notre Dame will host this weekend who already holds an offer from the Irish and is not committed to the program. Angeline will be joined by eight 2015 signees, a pair of 2016 commits and a few other prospects attending Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game.

The junior at Exton (Pa.) Downingtown East will visit Notre Dame for the second time this spring. On his first visit in February, Angeline received an Irish offer while on campus with his father. This time he will return to South Bend with his mother and sister.

“The first visit was very good,” Angeline said before heading to campus Friday. “They covered a lot. We learned a lot. Getting back to see the coaches and getting to know a few players better will help me get a better feel for the program.”

The first few months of 2015 have been filled with recruiting visits for Angeline. He has already made trips to USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Ohio State, Miami, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State.

But he chose to head back to Notre Dame this weekend instead of heading elsewhere. It’s in part a reflection of his interest in the school.

“They have a great education and a great tradition,” Angeline said. “They have a great tight end tradition. They have a lot of guys in the NFL. They have a great history of using their tight ends so that’s definitely very attractive for me.”

Angeline saw plenty of action in his junior season. He caught 67 passes for 1,051 yards and 10 touchdowns as a tight end and split out as a wide receiver.

247Sports slates Angeline as a four-star prospect and the No. 4 tight end in the 2016 class. Rivals rates him as a three-star recruit and No. 17 at the position.

Penn State figures to be one of the favorites to land Angeline, but he said he hasn’t narrowed down a list of favorites quite yet. His last visit to Penn State came in the fall.

“I’m still pretty wide open right now,” Angeline said. “I’m still trying to go on as many visits as I can to see everything and get a better feel for things.”

Below are highlights of Angeline's junior season via Hudl.

Top 10s

A pair of Notre Dame targets included the Irish in recent top 10 lists.

Offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux named Georgia Southern, Clemson, Penn State, Notre Dame, Auburn, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida and Iowa as his top 10 schools Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound prospect at Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore has expressed plans to visit South Bend in the summer.

247Sports slates Boudreaux as the No. 5 offensive guard and No. 175 regardless of position in the 2016 class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 22 offensive tackle. Both peg him as a four-star recruit.

Defensive back Craig Watts listed Ohio State, Indiana, Alabama, Florida State, Colorado, Notre Dame, South Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Penn State as his top 10 schools Thursday. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Watts will play his senior season at St. Petersburg (Fla.) Admiral Farragut Academy.

247Sports slates Watts as the No. 9 safety in the 2016 class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 37 prospect in Florida. Both rate him as a four-star recruit.

Hitting the road

Notre Dame’s revamped coaching staff will hit the recruiting trail for the first time soon. The NCAA recruiting calendar shifted into an evaluation period on Wednesday which runs through the end of May.

The period allows the Irish coaching staff to visit schools, speak with coaches and watch prospects in practice or workouts to evaluate them. Face-to-face contact with the recruits is not allowed on those visits.

The Notre Dame staff is expected to spread out across the country in the weeks following Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game.

VISITORS LIST

The following recruits are expected to attend Saturday's Blue-Gold Game.

2015 signees

QB Brandon Wimbush

CB Shaun Crawford

LB Josh Barajas

RB Josh Adams

S Mykelti Williams

DT Elijah Taylor

OL Trevor Ruhland

DT Brandon Tiassum

2016 commits

LS John Shannon

RB Tony Jones Jr.

2016 targets

TE Cary Angeline

2016 prospects

ATH Chris Taylor-Yamanoha

OL Trent Maynard

2017 targets

DE Corey Malone-Hatcher

2017 prospects

DB Isaiah Pryor

DB R.J. Potts

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2016 tight end target Cary Angeline will visit Notre Dame this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Rivals.com)